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Monday, November 17, 2008

Recipe for a Cold Night (A Cheap One, too!)

Now that it's nice and cold outside, it's time to bust out the soup and stew recipes. Here's a good one that I adapted from a recipe of my Mom's and one online. It's for a creamy Potato Soup:

One 32oz carton of chicken broth (or three cans)
About 6-9 peeled potatos, cut into small chunks
One can of corn
About 1/2 diced onion
About 1/4-1/2 cup whipping cream
Cheddar cheese, shredded

Put the chicken broth and all cut potatos in a large pot, cook on medium until the potatos are soft enough to mash (typically about 20-30 min). I use a potato masher to make the soup pretty creamy, but if you like chunky soup, then don't mash the potatos too much. As long as they are soft, it'll taste fine!
After potatos are cooked through, add the whipping cream and shredded cheddar cheese. This helps thicken the soup up, and give it some more flavor. Add cheese as much or as little as you want. Also, salt and pepper to taste! One batch is more than enough for my husband and I, generally there is enough leftover for him to take to lunch the next day.
It's very filling, and is full of veggies! And, fairly inexpensive to make. For example, this week our grocery store had a bag of potatos, 10 pounds for 3.99! And ten pounds of potatos would make probably 3 or 4 batches of soup. Canned corn typically goes for .79-.99 each, and the onions can also be bough in bulk for a low price. I would guess that one batch of soup only costs us about 4 dollars to make, give or take for sale prices!

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